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Nov. 25, 2009
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TSA Issues Repair Station Security Rule
from AMT
What's at Issue: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) affecting security at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated repair stations, both domestic and foreign. Why It's Important: This NPRM, if finalized, would create regulations requiring all FAA-certificated repair stations to implement certain security policies and infrastructure. The TSA would have the authority to require the FAA to suspend or revoke the certificate of any non-compliant repair station. More

Rockefeller Eyes FAA Extension
from Aviation Week
Senate lawmakers are considering another three-month extension to FAA’s operating authority, the clearest signal yet that a full reauthorization bill is not expected to be passed this year. The current extension expires Dec. 31, so a further one would extend through the end of March. This would be the eighth extension to FAA’s operating authority since the last one expired about two years ago. More

AEA Balks at FAA’s SMS Proposal
from AIN
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) submitted comments to the FAA last week in response to the agency’s safety management systems proposed rulemaking. According to Richard Peri, AEA’s VP of Government and Industry Affairs, the association does not support the FAA’s broad-based proposal to mandate an independent safety management system for maintenance organizations. More

NextGen Funding Would Spur Jobs
from AOPA
As President Barack Obama and Congress continue to look for ways to accelerate job growth in a tough economic climate, civil aviation and travel associations are touting NextGen funding as an answer. More

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Support ARSA’s Positive Publicity Campaign
from ARSA
Help ARSA with its public relations initiative to improve the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies!

Phase One, Step Two to quantify the economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry, nationally and internationally is currently underway, but we need your assistance!

ARSA has contracted with AeroStrategy, an aerospace consulting firm, to:

  • Develop an economic profile of the global MRO industry;
  • Assess the economic impact of US-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (which is threatened by
  • the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
  • Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis

  • The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

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    ATA Urges Congress to Act on Air Traffic Control
    from Travel Agent
    Funding for acceleration and deployment of the next generation of air traffic control (“NextGen”) capabilities, equipage and procedures will create job growth, a group of major travel and aviation industry associations said in a letter to key members of Congress. NextGen involves a fundamental transition from a ground-based aviation infrastructure system (radar) to a satellite-based system enabling both controllers and flight crews to utilize more accurate real-time information. More

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    FAA Foregoes Public Process in Test Program
    from Santa Monica Mirror
    This December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will begin a 6-month test of a proposed change to piston-powered instrument flight rules departure procedures at Santa Monica Airport (SMA). More

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    Investigation Reveals Lax Security at Chicago’s Airports
    from Fox News
    An undercover investigation reveals that Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports' TSA security checkpoints are not as stringent as they would like you to believe, recently reported. More

    Final Documents/Your Two Cents
    from ARSA
    ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site By accessing the links you will find a complete list of items the Association has noted as important to aviation design, production and maintenance activities.

    Final Documents: This list includes Federal Register publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, Orders, Notices, policy statements and related material of interest to ARSA members. The date shown is the date of FR publication or other official release.

    Your Two Cents: Provides you with the opportunity to provide input on rules and guidance that will affect you. Agencies must provide the public with notice and an opportunity for comment before their rules change. Your input matters. Comments should be received before the indicated due date; however, agencies often consider comments they receive before drafting of the final document begins. More

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